डाव केमिकल कम्पनी को बचाने के विरोध में हादसे के पीड़ितों ने अमरीकी राष्ट्रपति ओबामा का पुतला जलाया

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

13 अगस्त 2016 

अमरीकी सरकार द्वारा यूनियन कार्बाइड गैस हादसे पर भोपाल जिला अदालत में जारी आपराधिक प्रकरण से डाव केमिकल कम्पनी को बचाने के विरोध में आज हादसे के पीड़ितों ने अमरीकी राष्ट्रपति ओबामा का पुतला जलाया। अमरीकी राष्ट्रपति के दफ्तर के वेबसाइट पर 1 लाख से अधिक हस्ताक्षरकर्ताओं द्वारा जिला अदालत से डाव केमिकल के ख़िलाफ़ जारी नोटिस की अमरीकी न्याय विभाग द्वारा तामीली की माँग के जवाब में दिए गए बयान पर गैस पीड़ितों के संगठनों के नेताओं ने आक्रोश जताया।

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भोपाल के समर्थक भारत में अमरीकी दूतावासों के बाहर प्रदर्शन कर यह माँग करेंगे कि अमरीकी सरकार डाव केमिकल को सरंक्षण देना बंद करे| समर्थक @POTUS और @PMO पर ट्वीट कर 19 अगस्त की पेशी पर डाव केमिकल को हाज़िर करवाने का सन्देश भी भेजेंगे |

अमरीकी राष्ट्रपति के दफ्तर से जारी बयान के अनुसार कि अगर वह अमरीकी न्याय विभाग को डाव केमिकल पर नोटिस तामिल करवाने के लिए कहती है तो यह “अनुचित दबाव” डालना  होगा| ये तो सरासर फ़रेब है |  न्याय विभाग को भारत और अमरीका के बीच की संधि की शर्तों का पालन करने को कहना अनुचित कैसे हो सकता है ?”, कहते हैं भोपाल गैस पीड़ित निराश्रित पेंशनभोगी संघर्ष मोर्चा के बालकृष्ण नामदेव।

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित महिला पुरुष संघर्ष मोर्चा के नवाब ख़ाँ कहते हैं “अमरीकी सरकार द्वारा भारत के साथ संधि की शर्तों का उल्लंघन अनुचित दवाब के बहाने से करना वाकई दिलचस्प है क्योंकि भोपाल में अमरीकी सरकार आज तक यही करती आई है। इस बात के दस्तावेज़ी सबूत है कि अमरीकी सरकार ने भोपाल में यूनियन कार्बाइड के कारख़ाने को लगाने में और भोपाल अदालत में जारी कानूनी कार्यवाही से कंपनी के अध्यक्ष वॉरेन एण्डरसन को बचाने में अनुचित दवाब का इस्तेमाल किया है।”

“अमरीकी  न्याय विभाग द्वारा भोपाल अदालत से जारी 4 नोटिसों पर अमरीका और भारत के बीच 25 साल पुरानी पारस्परिक कानूनी सहायता संधि के लगातार उल्लंघन पर भारत सरकार और ख़ासकर केंद्रीय गृह मंत्रालय की चुप्पी पर हम हैरान हैं। , कहती हैं भोपाल ग्रुप फॉर इन्फॉर्मेशन एण्ड एक्शन की रचना ढींगरा। उन्होंने  बताया कि संगठनों ने प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय और गृह मंत्रालय को चिट्ठी लिख कर यह माँग की है कि भारत सरकार पारस्परिक कानूनी सहायता संधि के तहत अमरीकी सरकार के किसी भी अनुरोध का सम्मान न करे जब तक भोपाल जिला अदालत द्वारा जारी नोटिस अमरीकी न्याय विभाग डाव केमिकल को तामील नहीं कराती है।

डाव – कार्बाइड के खिलाफ बच्चों की साफ़रीन ख़ान कहती हैं, “राष्ट्रपति ओबामा ने मैक्सिको की खाड़ी में तेल रिसाव हादसे के लिए एक ब्रिटिश कम्पनी के चूतड़ पर लात मारने की कसम खाई थी पर जब यही बात अमरीकी कंपनी के लिए आती है तो उसे वह चूमते नजर आते हैं।”

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भोपाल गैस पीड़ित निराश्रित पेंशनभोगी संघर्ष मोर्चा, 9826345423

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भोपाल गैस पीड़ित महिला पुरुष संघर्ष मोर्चा

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भोपाल ग्रुप फॉर इन्फॉर्मेशन एंड एक्शन,

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डाव-कार्बाइड के खिलाफ बच्चे

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Bhopal Gas Tragedy Survivors Burn Barack Obama’s Effigy for Continuing to Shield Dow Chemical

Press Statement
13 August 2016

Survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today burned effigy of US President, Barrack Obama for continuing to shield Dow Chemical Company from the ongoing criminal proceedings on the disaster in the Bhopal District Court. Leaders of survivors’ organizations expressed outrage at the White House’s recent response to a petition signed by well over 125,000 signatories calling for the US Department of Justice to serve the Bhopal court’s notice on Dow Chemical.

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Supporters of the Bhopal survivors will be holding actions outside American consulates in India demanding that the US government stop protecting Dow Chemical. Supporters will also send out tweets @POTUS and @PMOindia asking them to make Dow Chemical appear in its hearing on 19th August in the Bhopal Court.

“The White House has said that asking the US Department of Justice to serve notice on Dow Chemical would be exercising “undue influence”. This is extreme duplicity. How can asking the Department to follow the terms of the treaty between India and US be improper?” said Balkrishna Namdeo, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha.

Nawab Khan of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha said “The US government’s refusal to follow its treaty with India under the pretext of not using undue influence is heavy with irony. There is documentary evidence of the US government using undue influence to help Union Carbide set up the killer factory in Bhopal and to protect its chairman Warren Anderson from criminal proceedings in the Bhopal court.”

“We are shocked that the Indian government and particularly the Indian home ministry that sent the Bhopal court’s notice to the US Department of Justice has chosen to remain quiet about the repeated violation of the 25 year old Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between India and US” said  Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.

She said that the organizations have sent letters to the PMO and the Home Minister demanding that the Indian government refuse to honour requests from the US Department of Justice under MLAT till it serves the Bhopal District Court’s notice on Dow Chemical.

Safreen Khan of Children Against Dow-Carbide said “President Obama vowed to kick the ass of a British corporation for the oil spill disaster in Gulf of Mexico but when it comes to an American corporation he seems to be kissing instead of kicking”.

Nawab Khan, Balkrishna Namdeo, Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra, Safreen Khan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha Bhopal Group for Information and Action Children Against Dow Carbide
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 हिंदी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

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Bhopal survivors ask directors of Dow chemical & Dupont to share information on bhopal liabilities with their shareholders

Press Conference

July 20, 2016

(Hindi press release available below)

At a press conference today, leaders of five organisations of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal charged the directors of Dow Chemical and DuPont with unlawfully withholding information from their shareholders on the liabilities of Bhopal. They said that shareholders of both the corporations will be voting on the proposal of merger between the two companies today.

“Legally, company directors are duty bound to disclose all facts that are material to the stockholders’ consideration of a transaction. But DuPont shareholders have been kept in the dark about the criminal, civil and environmental liabilities of the Bhopal disaster that Dow Chemical has inherited through taking over Union Carbide.” said Rashida Bee, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationary Karmchari Sangh.

Balkrishna Namdeo, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogee Sangharsh Morcha said “We have sent a letter with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal to the Board of Directors of the two companies detailing the Bhopal related liabilities of Dow Chemical. We have asked that the information be shared with the shareholders before they vote on the merger as is required by law.”

Nawab Khan of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha said that shareholders of Dow Chemical had not been informed of the liabilities of Union Carbide that they inherited. “As a consequence of its merger with Union Carbide, between 2008 and 2016 Dow Chemical has suffered business losses estimated at 300 million dollars in India and has failed to invest 5 billion dollars by 2015 as it had planned.” he said.

The organizations reported that their American supporters will be holding demonstrations outside the shareholders meeting at Dow Chemical. “Our supporters will also be raising questions regarding Dow’s Bhopal disaster related liabilities inside the shareholders’ meeting at Midland, Michigan today” said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.

Safreen Khan of Children Against Dow Carbide expressed hope that the US Securities & Exchange Commission would take note of the illegalities in the Dow – DuPont merger and deny approval for the same.

Rashida Bi, Nawab Khan, Balkrishna Namdeo, Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra, Safreen Khan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha Bhopal Group for Information and Action Children Against Dow Carbide
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Read the press release in Hindi here: हिन्दी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

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Bhopal organisation moves for ex-parte trial proceedings against Dow Chemical

Press Statement
13 July 2016

Leaders of all the organisations of survivors of the Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal today condemned the governments of both India and USA for the non appearance of any representative of Dow Chemical Company in the ongoing criminal case on the disaster.  At the hearing in the District Court, counsel for Bhopal Group for Information & Action (BGIA), a local NGO assisting the Prosecution sought ex – parte trial proceedings against the American company before the judicial magistrate hearing the matter.

“The Indian Criminal Procedure Code expressly provides for ex-parte proceedings against a defendant in a criminal trial that ignores notices of the court.” said Avi Singh a lawyer in Delhi High Court volunteering his services for the Bhopal justice campaign. In court Mr. Singh pointed out that Dow Chemical has publicly admitted their knowledge of the four consecutive notices issued by the Bhopal Court and it is evident on the corporate website. He expressed hope that the Judicial Magistrate who heard the NGO’s application would direct harsher measures against Dow Chemical at the next hearing scheduled for August 6, 2016.

“In the last two years Dow Chemical has thrice ignored the court’s notice and all that the Indian government has done is send one meek request after another and not utter a word on the violation of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in not serving the notice on Dow Chemical” said Rachna Dhingra of BGIA. It was submitted that the CBI is deliberately shielding the Accused.

Bhopal survivors’ organisations had collected over one hundred thousand signatures on a petition demanding that the US DoJ serve Bhopal Court’s notice on Dow Chemical as per the terms of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed between India and USA in 1991. As per the terms of the petition on Whitehouse.gov website the US government is obligated to respond to charges of violation of MLAT by the US DoJ.

Satinath Sarangi of BGIA charged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with deliberate foot dragging, an allegation noted by the Magistrate in his order sheet. ” CBI’s dilatory moves are apparent in what they have presented in court today, he said, as per CBI’s own submission in court, the notice to Dow Chemical was sent  in February this year and the reminder was sent in June only after the letter of five Bhopal survivors’ organisations to the Prime Minister on this matter on June 14.”

The five survivors organisations: Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information and Action and Children Against Dow Carbide had sought the Prime Minister’s directions to the CBI, an agency directly under him, to seek harsher measures against Dow Chemical for its utter contempt  of the law of India where it carries out business through at least five subsidiaries and joint ventures.

Further, BGIA sought start of trial proceeding in the underlying criminal cases, in suspended animation for a quarter of a century, asserting that if UCC/Dow chose not to participate, the Court may proceed ex parte on the basis of the evidence already adduced in the case against the Indian accused.

Satinath Sarangi & Rachna Dhingra

 

Bhopal Group for Information & Action

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Media Coverage of the Bhopal White House Petition

Below are links to recent media coverage of the Bhopalis’ White House petition and the supportive music video by Sofia Ashraf:

http://www.thequint.com/world/2016/06/13/bhopal-gas-tragedy-white-house-petition-dow-chemical-petition-against-over-one-lakh-signatures-barack-obama

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/petition-calls-on-white-house-to-hold-dow-accountable-for-bhopal-leak-1418299

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/bhopal-tragedy-over-100-000-signatures-against-dow-chemical-us-govt-compelled-to-give-formal-response/1/691033.html

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